Brandon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
We have a collective duty as a society to protect those most vulnerable among us. In the state of Florida, nursing home facilities and caregivers have a legal obligation to not only provide residents the essentials of life, but also to put an end to abuse and neglect. When those safeguards fail, nursing home residents have the right to compensation for their suffering.
If you or a loved one is experiencing abuse, or becomes aware of nursing home abuse or neglect, a Brandon nursing home abuse lawyer can help bring those responsible to justice. While criminal charges are one way to penalize the perpetrators of nursing home abuse, a civil action can provide much-needed compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and more.
Learn more about how we can help in your free case consultation; call 1-866-548-9636 to request a free consultation with a Brandon nursing home abuse lawyer.
How We Can Help Victims of Nursing Home Abuse
At Nursing Home Abuse Center, our primary concern in any abuse or neglect case is ensuring the victim’s safety and well-being. Our lawyers can help you understand and navigate the reporting process, even as evidence is collected to support your civil claim.
Depending on the circumstances, the state or county prosecutor may bring charges against the perpetrator of the abuse. Victims do not decide whether to press charges – that is the responsibility of the state, and you may be called to testify.
The lawyers at Nursing Home Abuse Center, supported by an expert team of legal professionals, can pursue compensation in civil court regardless of whether the state is pressing criminal charges. You have the legal right to compensation for:
- The expense of moving to a different care facility, if the situation is not resolved by nursing home administration.
- Replacement of jewelry, clothing, furniture or other assets that were unlawfully taken from you.
- Prescription medicine, dental care, mobility aids, assistive devices and other essentials to support your well-being.
- Counseling, therapies, surgeries and other medical expenses resulting from the abuse.
- Pain and suffering, or emotional trauma.
The court might also award punitive damages to punish the perpetrator.
Help With Nursing Home Wrongful Death
If your loved one has died due to nursing home abuse or neglect, your Brandon nursing home abuse lawyer can also file a wrongful death lawsuit. In a wrongful death claim, surviving family members or the estate representative can seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses prior to death
- Pain and suffering prior to death
- Loss of companionship and financial support
- Lost earnings or investment returns
- Funeral expenses
- Cost of burial or cremation
Each case is unique, and it is crucial that you understand your options.
What Does Nursing Home Abuse Look Like?
Nursing home abuse and neglect are particularly odious crimes due to the vulnerable nature of the victims. Reduced physical or cognitive function can leave residents dependent on their caregivers for the essentials of life. Victims may be afraid to speak out against violations of their rights.
The compassionate, award-winning lawyers at Nursing Home Abuse Center advocate tirelessly for nursing home abuse victims and the families we represent. We are by your side throughout the process of reporting these wrongdoings and pursuing the compensation you deserve. If you are experiencing or have witnessed any of the following, you must report it immediately:
Physical or Sexual Abuse
Assault is one of the easier types of abuse to recognize as bruising, broken bones and other injuries can be difficult to hide. Victims may deny their mistreatment if they are afraid of the perpetrator, are ashamed of the assault or have been threatened with retaliation for reporting. Promptly report any suspicious injuries or suspected sexual abuse.
Nursing Home Neglect
Bedsores, poor hygiene, dehydration, malnutrition, sacral ulcers and failure to thrive can all point to ongoing nursing home neglect. In some cases, a single neglectful incident can cause great harm. For example, carelessly administering the wrong medication can cause dangerous drug interactions. When such incidents occur, whether over a long period or just once, you have a legal obligation to report it.
Nursing home residents have a legal right to privacy, including in their communications and bodily dignity. Leaving the door open to a public space during toileting can damage the victim’s psychological well-being. Name-calling and bullying are other types of psychological abuse and neglect. Also, interfering with a resident’s visitations, withholding food or phone privileges and making threats to take away essentials are other examples of psychological abuse.
Nursing home residents are vulnerable to all kinds of financial exploitation by family members, caregivers and even legal guardians. Misappropriating funds, taking or selling assets without permission and failing to use the victim’s assets appropriately to support their well-being are all forms of financial exploitation.
Contact a Brandon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Florida law mandates that nursing home facilities must provide specific services and foster a safe environment that protects residents’ rights. Among other qualifications, facilities must provide:
- Nutritious meals, daily exercise, social activities and access to emergency care.
- Experienced, qualified staff with the number of educational hours required by the state.
- All staff must have up-to-date vaccinations.
- At least one physician, one nurse and one dietitian must be available to residents.
- Access to visitors, a telephone and mail.
- Compassionate care that supports the well-being of residents.
At Nursing Home Abuse Center, our Brandon nursing home abuse lawyers are knowledgeable in Florida nursing home record-keeping requirements and will move quickly to protect the integrity of evidence that could prove vital to your case.
Call our law firm today to schedule your free, no-obligation case consultation. Call us at 1-866-548-9636. We do not collect fees until you are successful in receiving compensation from those responsible.